Here's a Health to the Barley Mow: A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games [DVD]
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HERE'S A HEALTH TO THE BARLEY MOW
A century of folk customs and ancient rural games
From the 'sexy, savage' Cornish May Day rites of Alan Lomax's Oss Oss Wee Oss to Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane's footage of ferociously fought traditional football; from children's games in London's bombed East End to intricate sword and step dances, this collection of poetic documentaries, long un-seen television reports and rare silent film footage reveals just how powerful and enduring the folk traditions of Great Britain have always been.
This double-disc set of newly remastered films is accompanied by an illustrated 58-page booklet including detailed notes and essays by folk historians. The silent films feature innovative fiddle and melodeon accompaniments by contemporary folk musicians.
UK | 1912 -2002 | black & white, and colour | English | 365 minutes | 44 films | DVD9 x 2 | Mixed original aspect ratios | Region 0 PAL DVD
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Someone has complained about the inclusion of a "spoof" custom, from the 1960s, in the collection. Well I would say that many of the customs and traditions that are now subject to po-faced reverence probably did start out as people just having a bit of a laugh. So perhaps that particular 'spoof' may well end up being studied by scholars in a few hundred years time. Who will no doubt very seriously extrapolate all kinds of 'meanings' from it that it never had.
Anyway, if you're at all interested in our real heritage; of ordinary people enjoying themselves, celebrating nature and life, then this collection is a must.
Don't forget Boxing Day at Ironbridge, Shropshire > Morris dancers from around 0930.
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A comprehensive archive of our dance and ritual heritage. Love it!Published 8 months ago by J.Scott